Little British Roadster Given Muscle Car Makeover With Mustang V8

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America showing the Brits how its done.

The MGB isn't exactly renowned for its performance. First launched in 1962, the British-built MGB Roadster came with a modest 1.8-liter engine that delivered 85 hp and a 0-60 mph time in a hair-raising 12 seconds – adequate for 1960's standards, but pretty under-powered today. Well, someone has attempted to modernize the MGB. How, you might ask? By fitting it with a 5.0-liter V8 engine from a Ford Mustang. And it can be yours, just in time for the holiday season.

Available for $14,500 in Stockton, California, a listing on Craigslist details that the 1971 MGB roadster has been fitted with a 5.0-liter High Output V8 from a 1992 Ford Mustang. It comes with a 5-speed T5 manual transmission and 8-inch Ford rear axle with 3.25:1 gears and Traction-Lok. The extra weight means that it tips the scales at 1900 pounds, but it has 300 lb-ft of torque, making it "extremely quick and an absolute blast to drive". It's in great condition too, apart from a "mild bulge in the hood." MG did experiment with more powerful engines in the past, but this came at a cost: the 2.9-liter MGC had more power, but the extra weight had an adverse effect on the handling and was universally panned by the press at the time.

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So, you can probably imagine how the MGB Roadster will handle with a 5.0-liter V8 Mustang engine. Saying that, the sportier MG GT V8 had a 3.5-liter V8 engine but didn't require any alterations to the chassis so the handling didn't suffer. Shame it was never sold in the US.

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